To be sure, blog highlighting unnecessary journalism phrases is absolutely necessary

Unnecessary Journalism Phrases

Freelance writer Josh Sternberg has introduced a new Tumblr, "Unnecessary Journalism Phrases," a very unique blog that is in the process of calling out the filler phrases in news stories. For all intents and purposes, it's a stylebook on what not to write. It might possibly be absolutely necessary to writers who are in serious danger of sprinkling meaningless phrases throughout their stories, often because they are not in close proximity to an editor. With examples of the phrases that, to be sure, add little to news stories, each visit to the blog is like a little writing training session that was held on Tumblr. For what it's worth, it was indeed difficult to include in this post every unnecessary phrase that exists on the blog. At the end of the day, I must ask the question: Moving forward, what unnecessary phrase is next?

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.


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